Leading Edge Design Corp., Shunji Yamanaka, Kinya Tagawa, Jun Homma. Tagtype Garage Kit. 2003
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Engineers and designers have been working for decades on efficient alternatives to the traditional QWERTY keyboard. Tagtype is a ten-button device for Japanese characters that was initially developed for a disabled novelist, Ransei Eto, and is today offered as a DIY kit. "Japanese phonetic alphabets consist of 49 syllables which can be organized into [a] 10 × 5 matrix of consonants and vowels. The 5 + 5 main input buttons of Tagtype correspond to the 10 consonants and 5 vowels, making typing Japanese much more intuitive than with the standard QWERTY keyboard."

Gallery label from Born out of Necessity, March 2, 2012–January 28, 2013.
Medium
ABS plastic, rigid urethane and aluminum
Dimensions
7 5/8 x 7 5/8 x 6 15/16" (19.4 x 19.4 x 17.6 cm)
Credit
Gift of the designers
Object number
383.2009.3
Copyright
© 2021 Leading Edge Design Corp.
Department
Architecture and Design
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